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SOURCE: PTI

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has begun a thorough investigation into an accident involving an indigenously-developed howitzer gun system in Pokhran in Rajasthan last week, officials said on Thursday.

The accident took place when the howitzer was undergoing firing, they said. The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) is being developed by the DRDO along with two private-sector defence majors. 

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SOURCE: Asiaville

It was a convincing camouflage. In the midst of a scrub jungle were two sheds, shaded by the trees around them. The place looked sequestered.  Near the sheds was a tall wall which had developed cracks caused by a tree growing on it. In a clearing nearby, there was a banyan tree. In one of the sheds, a high-technology project was in progress. There was a maze of wires, box-like structures and pipes, both made of metal. It was obviously an aero engine that was being built. It was January 2013.

Three young men, A. Raju, P. Satya Prasad and A. Rolex Ranjit were bustling about in the shed, and they were a picture of calm confidence. It was the premises of the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

India it appears is all set to torpedo its plans for an second indigenous aircraft carrier, just as China prepares to surge in to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with her aircraft carrier group. This, even as India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1) Vikrant—under construction at Kochi Shipyard Ltd—is reportedly ready to commence her basin trials in September 2020 and is expected to be fully operational by 2022.

Barely a month after taking over as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, when speaking to journalists in February 2020, indicated that the Indian Navy may not get approval for a third aircraft carrier (the second indigenous aircraft carrier IAC-2) anytime soon. The reason, he said, was that since aircraft carriers are expensive to build, the priority instead should be to bolster the Navy’s submarine fleet.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Three separate brawls divided by time and space. Chinese troops who aren’t normally deployed at Patrol Point 14. And, a young Indian Army team that took a decision to cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to square things up with the Chinese Army. The contours of the June 15 bloodletting have become cleared.

Plenty has been written so far about the clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. But contradictory claims, and gaps in the narrative have so far left the story bereft of cohesiveness. Several questions have remained unanswered, with individual aspects lending themselves to speculation and guesswork. Now with a series of conversations with Army personnel in the Galwan Valley, Thangtse and Leh, India Today TV pieces together the most detailed account so far of how things played out.

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SOURCE: BANGALORE MIRROR

At a time when scheduled air shows around the world have been cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Defence has been bullish about going ahead with Asia’s largest air show, Aero India.

Apart from announcing that Air Force Station Yelahanka would be the venue of Aero India 2021 in April itself when the country was in lockdown, the ministry last week opened up the registration for the air show.

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SOURCE: IANS

India has four fully built satellites ready for launch and shipment to the rocket port out of the 12 that were built during 2019-2020, said a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

India realised 12 satellites during 2019-2020 out of which eight have been launched and four are ready for launch and transfer to the rocket port at Sriharikota, said P. Kunhikrishnan, Director, U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) part of ISRO.

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SOURCE: The Northlines

Next to oil, arms are the second biggest item in India’s imports basket.Like oil, the defence equipment dependency is India’s Achilles’ heel and affects the pursuit of independent foreign policy and is a threat to our independence itself.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a welcome move, has banned imports of several defence items in order to move decidedly in the direction of self-reliance in defence.

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SOURCE: ANI

Zhenhua is a privately-owned company and has no links with the Chinese government, Chinese Embassy spokesperson on Thursday said over reports of Chinese firm snooping on Indians.

“I want to stress that Zhenhua is a private company and has no links to the Chinese government. There are many foreign companies engaged in such similar business,” the spokesperson of the Chinese embassy said while adding that “relevant report makes groundless accusations on the “presumption of guilt”, purely trying to find excuses aiming to blame others.”

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Thursday called for the appointment of an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s counsel for Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to ensure a free and fair trial in the review of his death sentence in Pakistan.

The assertion by India comes days after Pakistan’s Parliament has extended for four months an ordinance that allowed Jadhav to file an appeal against his conviction in a high court as required by the International Court of Justice.

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SOURCE: DHNS

The military confrontation between India and China, both nuclear powers, seems to rest on the thin ice of political and diplomatic hope floating in muddied waters. The situation bears an uncanny resemblance to India’s military action, christened Operation Chequerboard, that followed the Sumdurong Chu incident in Arunachal Pradesh in 1987.

The lesson for India from it was that a firm military stand paved the way for improving political relations that resulted in Rajiv Gandhi’s China visit in 1988, which in turn led to a thaw in Sino-Indian relations. Let alone a thaw, the situation has been progressively deteriorating over the past few months.

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SOURCE: PTI

A Pulwama-style terror attack was averted on Thursday by the Indian Army with the recovery of 52 kg of explosives in Karewa area of Gadikal in Kashmir, Army officials said here.

The location where the explosives were recovered was near a national highway and close to the site of last year’s Pulwama terror attack that had killed 40 CRPF personnel, they said.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Indian army is on alert, not just on the line of actual control (LAC) bordering China, but along the entire line of control (LoC) with Pakistan, which is seeing an increase in ceasefire violations, particularly since August last year when the government altered the special status in Jammu and Kashmir.

The LoC is witnessing 300 to 400 violations every single month.The government made statements on both the LAC and the LoC this week, without giving the monthly breakup.

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SOURCE: PTI

The US provided “strong and unambiguous support” to India during its current border crisis with China, which is engaged in increasingly aggressive behaviour throughout the Indo-Pacific even during the coronavirus pandemic, a senior White House official said on Thursday. 

From a bilateral perspective, China’s recent actions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India has further reinforced the importance of the US-India strategic partnership, Lisa Curtis, the deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said in a virtual panel discussion organised by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think-tank.

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SOURCE: PTI

The government has permitted foreign direct investment (FDI) of up to 74 per cent under automatic route in the defence sector with a view to attracting overseas investors, according to a press note issued by the DPIIT on Thursday.

However, foreign investments in the defence sector would be subject to scrutiny on the grounds of national security and the government reserves the right to review any foreign investment in the sector that affects or may affect national security, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) said in the note.

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